Today we send 5 miniutes with LA based, super cool, super stylist, blogger and designer Justina Blakeney whom I met when I recently visited California. She has an awesome book out now The New Bohemians here I share a few of my favourite pages from the book- which is available in all good bookstores now! Photography by the equally talented Dabito
So here we go…
where do you live?
We just bought a house right near the river in Los Angeles, CA
how would you describe the look of your home?
I call my home The Jungalow, because it’s wild like the jungle, but cozy and homey like a bungalow. I tend to layer colors and patterns and include plenty of greenery. I like to mix old and new to create unexpected vignettes. I am a maximalist, and I love mixing pieces from different cultures: a kilim rug with a kantha-covered ottoman, and a Moroccan wedding blanket next to a Mexican serape and Japanese ceramics—that’s my global jungalicious vibe.
what is your favourite thing in your home?
what do you collect?
Really, anything that makes me happy, and plants- lots of plants.
whats your mantra?
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
what are you loving right now?
All-over patterns on furniture, and copper details.
coffee tea or?
Coffee (or coconut water)
what is on your shopping list?
Cement tile and an enormous cactus for my living room.
whats your secret to a balanced life?
My mom once told me, You can have it all, just not all at the same time.
favourite thing to do on the weekend?
Cooking meals with my daughter.
favourite street to shop in?
In L.A. I love to walk down Abbot Kinney and Vermont in Los Feliz.
favourite day of the week/why?
Wednedays are fun. I work during the day and take my toddler to the korean spa in the evenings, then we take jacuzzis, brush our hair and then eat ramen. It’s awesome.
favourite place to shop?
Flea markets. We’re lucky to have so many great ones in LA.
favourite place to eat?
anywhere in Italy!
what is your signature dish?
I make a mean veggie lasagna.
favourite holiday destination?
Italy. I’m so excited to be going back there this summer actually!
what are you reading?
Instagram. 😛 oh and World of Interiors.
what are you listening to?
the Sam Cooke Pandora station
what are you working on right now?
The Justina Blakeney Home line launching in 2016
what/who are you inspired by?
TRAVEL, TRAVEL, TRAVEL–and that could mean to another continent or to the corner store. Being outside of your comfort zone–hearing, feeling, tasting, seeing and smelling new things and people
what makes you happy?
family, especially my daughter, Ida. Also: color, plants, good food, good health, my husband, good people, travel, painting, suzanis, sharing, laughter, movies, Game of Thrones, Instagram, Summer, puzzles, friends, Swimming, beaches, the smell of Meyer lemons, scrabble, and my book hitting the New York Times Best-seller list :D.